A Prairie Christmas Collection
Barbour Publishing / 2010 / Paperback
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Experience Christmas on the historical American Great Plains as retold by nine different multi-published authors, including Tracie Peterson and Deborah Raney. Follow pioneers, immigrants, and orphans through their adventures, heartaches, challenges, victories, and romances. You are sure to find more than one favorite among the nine holiday romances in this unique collection to warm your heart and inspire your faith. This book has deckeled edges for the nostalgic feel.
Experience Christmas on the historical American Great Plains as retold by nine different multi-published authors, including Tracie Peterson and Deborah Raney. Follow pioneers, immigrants, and orphans through their adventures, heartaches, challenges, victories, and romances. You are sure to find more than one favorite among the nine holiday romances in this unique collection to warm your heart and inspire your faith.
TRACEY V. BATEMAN serves as president of the American Christian Fiction Writers and has more than thirty stories in print. She believes all things are possible and encourages everyone to dream big. Tracey lives with her husband and four children in the beautiful Missouri Ozarks.
PAMELA GRIFFIN lives in Texas with her family. She fully gave her life to Christ in 1988 after a rebellious young adulthood and owes the fact that she’s still alive today to an all-loving and forgiving God and to a mother who steadfastly prayed and had faith that God could bring her wayward daughter “home.” Pamela’s main goal in writing Christian romance is to help and encourage those who do know the Lord and to plant a seed of hope in those who don’t.
JoAnn lives on the Minnesota prairie which is a setting for many of her stories. Once a full-time CPA, JoAnn now spends most of her time researching and writing. JoAnn has published historical nonfiction books for children and several novels with Barbour Publishing in the Heartsong Presents line as well as the American Adventure and Sisters in Time series for children. Several of her novellas are included in CBA best-selling anthologies by Barbour Publishing. JoAnn’s love of history developed when she worked at an historical restoration in North Carolina for five years. She enjoys researching and weaving her fictional characters’ lives into historical backgrounds and events. JoAnn believes that readers can receive a message of salvation and encouragement from well-crafted fiction. She captivates and addresses the deeper meaning between life and faith.
MARYN LANGER descends from a long line of storytellers. She combines the history of the West with the romance of the heart. She gave her life to the Lord at an early age. He has shepherded her beside still waters and green pastures and through the valleys of temptation. Her prayer is that those who read her books will be entertained and reassured that there is a loving God who loves us and answers our prayers.
DARLENE MINDRUP is a full-time homemaker and home-school teacher. Once a 'radical feminist,' she fanned her independent streak in the army, then turned into a 'radical Christian' after a heart changing encounter with the Lord. Darlene lives in Arizona with her husband and two children. She believes 'romance is for everyone, not just the young and beautiful.' She has a passion for historical research, which is obvious in her detailed historical novels about places time seems to have forgotten.
DEBORAH RANEY is an award-winning novelist, who lives with her husband and children in a small Kansas town.
In first grade, Janet Spaeth was asked to write a summary of a story about a family making maple syrup. She wrote all during class, through morning recess, lunch, and afternoon recess, and asked to stay after school. When the teacher pointed out that a summary was supposed to be shorter than the original story, Janet explained that she didn’t feel the readers knew the characters well enough, so she was expanding on what was in the first-grade reader. Thus a writer was born. She lives in the Midwest and loves to travel, but to her, the happiest word in the English language is home.
I appreciated that I could sit down and read one story at a time. This alone is great this time of the year, when the rushing begins for the holidays. One story is just enough to give me a little Christmas spirit and then be on my way! The stories are written by nine different authors with different styles, but all easy and enjoyable to read. The stories are sweet and Christian. If you enjoy reading about old-fashioned, old-timey holiday stories - this is the book for you!
Each romance gives a glimpse of the late 1800’s on the Great Plains. I recommend perusing the book jacket and selecting a story that fits your mood. I found it soothing to read an entire selection in one sitting, and then choose another story the next day.
I enjoyed a great deal of the book which means that if readers enjoy a good love story, or have lived through or happen to like prairie and early settler settings, they will greatly enjoy these short stories.
It is a lovely book to hold, and read, and daydream with.
A Prairie Christmas Collection: 9 Historical Christmas Romances from America''s Great Plains by various authors is a wonderful inspirational Christmas romance. This is a beautiful Christmas story that shows with courage, determination and faith love can find its true heart and survive. I would recommend this book especially if you enjoy sweet Christmas stories by various authors all in one book.
If you''re a fan of historical romances or would just like to relax with some short stories during the cold nights before Christmas, I''d definitely recommend putting this book on your wishlist for next winter.
These stories are amazing! I love how they capture different aspects of life, love and happiness. They also however encompass the reality that life isn’t always what we think it should be. When in doubt God’s plans will carry us through to where we need to be not where we want to be. These stories reflect on various tragedies and how they can make us leery when allowing God to control our lives. Each author takes a different twist on what Christmas means to the characters. Christmas is supposed to be joyous time of the year.When hardships and tragedy strike, will these nine men come through for the loves of their lives? Will they be able to show them that no matter the circumstances God can provide for a wonderful holiday season? This book will challenge you to accept the hardships life has to offer as gifts from God. To see that even the hard times can result in God’s blessings if we walk with Him.
I felt each of these stories had great character development considering the length of each. Each story is different and does not tie in with each other. I highly recommend this book that also has some very tempting recipes!
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